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9 day 8 nights in Tasmania

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9 day 8 nights in Tasmania

Hi everyone!

I'll be heading up to Tasmania from 26 May to 3 June with my SO later this year as part of my Australia trip. Just want to say thank you to all who have contributed as I've found all the information very helpful in planning my itinerary! Like to share with you guys my rough plan to see and get some advice :)

26 May: Arrive at Hobart International Airport, 8.10am. Head over to accomdation (probably Nomad backpackers). Settle down, have lunch, visit MONA

27 May: Pick up rental car --> visit Bonorong wildlife park --> Visit Richmond village --> head up to Mt Wellington for sunset.

28 May: Morning visit to Cascade Brewery plus lunch, followed by Louisa's Walk --> Start drive towards Cradle Mountain. (Should I complete this 5 hours drive at one go, or should I stop over at some place like Longford for the night? I've noticed concerns regarding driving at night, but still undecided?)

29 May: Spend the day at Cradle (specifics not decided yet) --> [Next destination, Bruny Island] Head towards another town, maybe Oatland to rest for the night.

30 - 31 May: Head to Kettering for ferry to Bruny Island, spend one night in Bruny Island. (thinking of going for a whale watching tour while in Tasmania)

1 June: Relaxing day at Salamanca market. (Any suggestions on what other nearby places I could visit after I'm through with Salamanca?)

2 June: Day trip self drive to Port Arthur!

3 June: morning 9.50 am flight to Melb! :)

Some other questions:

1) Aurora : I've read about the possibility of Aurora sighting while in Hobart. Any advice on this such as what time, where there's a nice place to go for such viewing?

2) Transport to & from airport: unlikely I'll rent the car for the full trip, in order to save some cost. How should I get to Hobart international airport then? and how early do i need to be at the airport ?

3) Are petrol stations readily available? Are there any particular legs of the trip that I should be take note of? And would is it very costly?

Sorry for the long post! And thank you for any advice :)

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1. Re: 9 day 8 nights in Tasmania

The vast majoprity of your itinerary is in the southern half of the iosland except for a hasty trip to Cradle Mountain. I think you should consider dropping Cradle from the itinerary and substitute extra time on the Tasman Peninsula to see Tasman National Park or else go to Mount Field.

On 28th, you certainly don't have time to do Louisa's Walk (which starts at 2pm) and then drive to Cradle. The last two hours of the trip would be in darkness and that part of the journey is totally unsuitable to night driving.

Night time is the best time tomsee aurorae. :)

You have the best chance of seeing something away from the city lights. Try going to the top of Mount Wellington or Mount Nelson lookout would also be good.

The Airport Shuttle is reliable: tasredline.com.au/index.php/hobart-airport-s…

The Ten Buck Bus may also be operating once more, but it comes and goes: http://www.tenbuckbus.com.au/

Other interesting places in Hobart are listed here: tripadvisor.com.au/GoListDetail-i20652-Unusu…

You need to be at the airport about an hour before departure. Do not be late, especially if you are travelling with Jetstar.

Most small towns have a petrol station, although it'll be a bit cheaper in the bigger towns. There are petrol stations everywhere.

Luigi

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2. Re: 9 day 8 nights in Tasmania

Salamanca Market is very close to the city, you can easily walk there, which is probably what I would choose to do. Or go to the Casino in Sandy Bay. Or even around the wharves where the Salamanca Market is. Remember it will be very cold at that time of year, maybe even snow on Mt Wellington.

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3. Re: 9 day 8 nights in Tasmania

Thank you for the feedback guys :) Think I'm gonna work on the itinerary a bit more, maybe see how I can fit Cradle into the plan cause it seems like a must do! Looking forward to Aussie!

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4. Re: 9 day 8 nights in Tasmania

Hi,

Luigi and Rob are the Tassy experts so please heed their advice.

IMHO if you visit Cradle Mountain you need a minimum of two to three nights to enjoy the area. This would require a major reworking of you plans.

Cheers,

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5. Re: 9 day 8 nights in Tasmania

Cradle Mountain is an isolated area with scenery, some accommodation and a visitors centre, that's it, there's no town; for a rather specific type of destination it surprises me that it is perceived as a general 'must do'. The iconic photo op, the mountain itself, can disappear for days in bad weather. I agree, heed the locals advice. If it doesn't fit into your schedule comfortably and you have so much other wonderful Tassie scenery on your itinerary don't compromise the safety and enjoyment of your holiday to squeeze in a hasty trip out of your way.

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6. Re: 9 day 8 nights in Tasmania

They're all not as lucky as I am OZRCFLYER, I was up there Saturday just gone, Hmmm it was as clear as a bell.

Eljx, I agree with OZRCFLYER 100%, but if you have other areas you want to see, at least spend a night at Cradle Mt, it's truly special, then if it snows, it's even better.

Please heed the advice about travelling at night, or sunset and sunrise. Not only do we lose a lot of wildlife, drivers not use to the roads and the amount of wildlife grazing at the side of the road get hurt as well.

Robert

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